FUJIFILM XF 8-16MM F2.8 - A PRACTICAL REVIEW

FUJIFILM XF 8-16MM F2.8 - A PRACTICAL REVIEW

If like me, you love shooting wide angle landscapes then the Fuji XF8-16 f2.8 lens with weather sealing has probably been on your radar since it first appeared on the Fuji roadmap last year.  I’ve been happily using the 10-24mm since I switched to Fuji about three and a half years ago, it’s my most used lens by a long way, so I’ve been wanting to have a look at this lens for while now and see if it can replace the 10-24mm as my go-to wide angle zoom.

FUJIFILM X-T3 - A LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER'S REVIEW

FUJIFILM X-T3 - A LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER'S REVIEW

I’ve been using the Fuji X-T3 for a couple of months now after upgrading from the X-T2 and in this video I’ve tried to give an overview about how good I feel the X-T3 is for shooting landscapes based on my own experience with it and previous X-T series cameras.

THOUGHTS ON WHY WE DO LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY & TAKING MORE SATISFYING IMAGES

THOUGHTS ON WHY WE DO LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY & TAKING MORE SATISFYING IMAGES

The ideas in this video have been buzzing around my head for a while now and this is an attempt to try to identify what it is that compels us to head out into the landscape to make images, and whether an understanding of that can help us to take better photos...or at least images we’re more satisfied with.

7 TIPS FOR WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY

7 TIPS FOR WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY

Winter is upon us and in my latest video I look at seven tips, artistic and practical, for taking landscape photography images in winter.

DJI MAVIC 2 PRO - BEST CAMERA SETTINGS & REVIEW

DJI MAVIC 2 PRO - BEST CAMERA SETTINGS & REVIEW

I’ve been using the Mavic 2 Pro for a couple of months now and it’s a big improvement over the original Mavic Pro, so here’s a brief review and  a look at the settings I’ve found which can really get the most out of the sensor.  

2 ESSENTIAL LENSES FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

2 ESSENTIAL LENSES FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

How many lenses do you really need for landscape photography? I really believe that two lenses is enough for the vast majority of landscape photography, and that that, the less gear we haul up a mountain with us, the lighter we travel, the clearer our mind is to make images when we get to our destination.

7 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I'VE LEARNED IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

7 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I'VE LEARNED IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

There are certain tips and pieces of advice that I find myself giving more than anything else during workshops or in response to email enquiries, and in this video I've tried to put them all together.

LAOWA 9MM f2.8 REVIEW - VIDEO

LAOWA 9MM f2.8 REVIEW - VIDEO

Since I switched to the Fuji system three years ago I've been on the lookout for a lens that I can use for shooting stars and the aurora, and while the XF14mm f2.8 is a superb lens, it's not quite wide enough for me.  

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN ICELAND

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN ICELAND

Last month I spent around 3 weeks in Iceland running a couple of landscape photography workshops there.  Between the two workshops we had a day off and along with a couple of the participants, I decided to take the opportunity to do a photography flight above the river deltas and highlands.  It's something I've wanted to do for a couple of years and it really didn't disappoint.

FUJIFILM X-H1 REVIEW - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON WITH THE X-T2

FUJIFILM X-H1 REVIEW - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON WITH THE X-T2

I borrowed the Fujifilm X-H1 last month and spent a week shooting with it in Tuscany comparing it with the X-T2, my usual landscape camera. This isn’t an in-depth review of all the cameras specifications and features, rather I focused on the practical differences I noticed between the two cameras while using them in the field.

USING LIGHT IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

USING LIGHT IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

Light is the raw material of photography and “good light” is something all landscape photographers seek.  In this video I take a look at the quality of light at different times of day and in different weather conditions, focusing on the golden hour, the blue hour and overcast light.

FUJIFILM X-E3 - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON TO THE X-T20

FUJIFILM X-E3 - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON TO THE X-T20

Earlier last month I took the Fujifilm X-E3 with me on my trip to northern Norway’s Lofoten Islands to put it through it’s paces shooting landscapes. The X-E3 is a really similar camera to the X-T20 and recently I’ve been getting a few questions about which to get and what the differences are, so after Fujifilm kindly offered to lend me one I took the X-E3 with me on the trip in place of my usual X-T20.

VIDEO - HOW TO SHOOT LONG EXPOSURES

VIDEO - HOW TO SHOOT LONG EXPOSURES

Since I first started landscape photography I’ve always enjoyed making long exposure images of water. I love the surreal feel it gives the landscape, and in this video I discuss the gear and technique required to shoot them at one of my favourite locations in Carrasquiera, Portugal

VIDEO - 6 REASONS WHY YOU NEED A TELEPHOTO LENS FOR LANDSCAPES

VIDEO - 6 REASONS WHY YOU NEED A TELEPHOTO LENS FOR LANDSCAPES

Wide angles are the obvious choice for a lens when shooting landscapes, but there are plenty of times when you really need to have a telephoto lens in your camera bag to get the most out of a scene.

THE DOLOMITES PART 2: TRE CIME AND CIVETTA

THE DOLOMITES PART 2:  TRE CIME AND CIVETTA

After leaving Val Gardena we headed east, first through Passo Sella which sits between the peaks of Sassalongo and the cliffs of the Sella towers, then following the hairpin roads twisting down the valley, then up again to the Passo Pordoi and down to the village of Arraba

VIDEO - 6 TIPS FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION

VIDEO - 6 TIPS FOR LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION

Composition is one of the most important aspects of creating good photographs...and because of it’s abstract nature perhaps one of the trickiest to understand. Just what is the best way to arrange the various separate elements of a three dimensional scene into an effective and cleanly composed two dimensional image?

FUJIFILM X-T20 - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON WITH THE X-T2

FUJIFILM X-T20 - A PRACTICAL COMPARISON WITH THE X-T2

My first Fuji camera back in 2015 was the X-T10 which I bought at the time with the intention of using as a back up camera to my Nikon D800E. I was immediately impressed with what a pleasure it was to use and how good the image quality was. It also struck me that it was laudable of Fuji to give exactly the same sensor and image quality from their flagship cameras to a lower end model.

FUJI GFX 50S LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW

FUJI GFX 50S LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW

The Fujifilm GFX 50S really is a game changer for Fuji. A medium format mirrorless camera, it combines the company’s heritage of classic medium format film cameras like the G690, GS645 and G617 with their retro mirrorless digitalX Series. It’s a fascinating combination and makes sense for a company like Fuji to fuse their decades of experience of medium format film systems with their brilliant mirrorless digital cameras to create a large mirrorless medium camera system that targets users of professional full frame systems like the Nikon D810, the Canon 5DR and the Sony A7R2.

DJI MAVIC PRO - BEST SETTINGS

DJI MAVIC PRO - BEST SETTINGS

I've been playing around with the Mavic Pro for about 3 months now, getting more confident with flying it and trying to get the best out of the drone.  I've experimented with both the camera and gimbal settings to try to get the footage looking as smooth as possible, and last week headed out to the forests of Sintra at sunrise to make a short video about what I've found works best.

The camera is sensitive to sharpening.  Reduce it too much and the Mavics noise reduction turns shadows into mush, removing detail that's impossible to put back in editing, but have the sharpening too high and it produces a lot of artefacts and moiré in repeated detail.  

LISBON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - A FILM FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET

LISBON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - A FILM FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET

Back in February, Hugo and Mauricio from Fuji X Passion joined me for a day of street photography in Lisbon. The plan was to spend a day, from sunrise to sunset recording a film while exploring and photographing in this beautiful city.

I wanted the film to show what an amazing place Lisbon is with its atmospheric neighbourhoods, winding streets, steeps hills and views across the river, so I planned out a day where we would see as much as possible, starting with sunrise looking out across the rooftops towards the river, and finishing with a sunset, again above the river, but this time next to the beautiful modern architecture of MAAT.